23 / 6 / 2014 5.57pm
Responding to the BMA motion against seven-day ‘routine’ NHS care and compensation for unsociable hours at the British Medical Association’s annual representative meeting, Dean Royles, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation said:
"Patients know, employers know and the BMA knows that the way we deliver services has to change. It is inevitable and it is right to try and provide safe services that are evermore convenient for patients, and that those changes are costed.
“I know trade union conferences will try and up the ante on terms and conditions, but it is patient care that should drive decisions on the way services are delivered. From a patient's perspective nothing about their care is 'routine' - it all matters equally and the right care needs to happen at the right time.
“Other staff groups like nurses, cleaners and physiotherapists have already agreed to change their terms and conditions. We should see doctors leading the charge to better, safer, more convenient care not holding back change.”
Notes for editors:
• The NHS Employers organisation is the recognised body for employers in the NHS, supporting them to put patients first. See www.nhsemployers.org for more information.
• Follow NHS Employers on Twitter at @nhsemployers or follow Dean Royles, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, at @NHSE_Dean.
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